Chamoun Asks 'Aged' Aoun to Prove Eligibility for Presidency

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Member of Parliament Dory Chamoun, alluded to the founder of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun without naming him and said that old people are usually requested to submit a health record when they wish to sell a piece of property or apply to governmental positions, let alone if they apply to the post of presidency.

“If somebody wants to sell a piece of property and he is above 80 years of age, he is usually requested to submit a medical certificate stating qualification of carrying out such an operation, let alone if he is a candidate for the presidency,” said Chamoun in a statement he made after a parliament session to elect a president that failed to achieve quorum.

“When my father-- late President of Lebanon Camille Chamoun-- was a president, he used to work for more than 14 hours a day. Today the candidate for the presidency must prove eligibility to work for 10 hours consecutively,” added Chamoun.

His remarks triggered dismay of an OTV station reporter, affiliated to Aoun, she replied: “Don't you think the same applies to you. Shame. This is not politics, this is a personal remark.”

Aoun, aged 81, has lately passed the leadership of the Free Patriotic Movement to his son-in-law Jebran Bassil.

Aoun stopped making public appearances months ago and reports have said that he prefers to maintain silence until the political parties agree on his election for the presidential post.

Lebanon has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ended in May 2014 and Hizbullah, Aoun's Change and Reform bloc and some of their allies have been boycotting the parliament's electoral sessions, stripping them of the needed quorum.

Hariri, who is close to Saudi Arabia, launched an initiative in late 2015 to nominate Franjieh for the presidency but his proposal was met with reservations from the country's main Christian parties as well as Hizbullah.

Hariri's move prompted Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea to endorse the nomination of Aoun, his long-time Christian rival, after months of political rapprochement talks between their two parties.

The supporters of Aoun's presidential bid argue that he is more eligible than Franjieh to become president due to the size of his parliamentary bloc and his bigger influence in the Christian community.

Comments 16
Missing cedars 28 September 2016, 13:56

This is fact and real life question. The alternative is obviously capable to work 10hrs but incapable to run a country. We need new blood and new names.

Thumb .mowaten. 29 September 2016, 21:18

What we need is a president with strong values and a moral compass, not an olympic athlete.

Missing un520 28 September 2016, 14:18

"We know that mr Aoun had mental issues which required long stays at mental institutions."
Who is "We"? You and your imaginary friends?

Missing constantine 28 September 2016, 15:35

He's 81

Thumb Southern...... 28 September 2016, 15:48

from his statement we can easily appreciate Dory's mental deterioration... thus his criticism is nonsense.

Thumb oompa-loompas 28 September 2016, 17:59

Wow, you're a Mystic AND a Psychic.. also as you keep demonstrating an idiot.

Thumb oompa-loompas 28 September 2016, 19:32

my God, now he's obsessed with face painting
Haydar Haydar or how southern paints his face organically

Thumb oompa-loompas 28 September 2016, 20:47

as I expected you just couldn't help yourself signing out and signing in to your other accounts just to play around with the voting, sad idiot.

Missing humble 28 September 2016, 16:07

I second you in everyword you say.

Thumb .mowaten. 29 September 2016, 21:16

Gotta love the references and judges here... Dory is several years older than Aoun, Hilary is a walking cadaver, Trump is a psycho clown, and you're a pathological hater.

Missing humble 28 September 2016, 17:35

To those who want to know : the mentally ill person is living on Leponex, Zoloft and Xanax.

Thumb shab 28 September 2016, 17:59

Seeing Dory isn't a presidential candidate, the reporter is being unprofessional and personal.

Thumb oompa-loompas 28 September 2016, 18:13

Good one LOL, can I try? OK lemme see.. humm.. in his 50's the General was appointed exclusively "Président et six Ministres" with one mandate, to elect a president. When it could not be him, he proceeded to start and lose two wars, then ran away and deserted his command. As the Syrian tanks advanced on his palace and on top of some of his soldiers Aoun has chosen to sip coffee with the French ambassador. Amine should have put him in charge of an Alfa Romeo exclusive agency, can't start wars with an Alfa Romeo exclusive agency..

Thumb oompa-loompas 28 September 2016, 18:59

around 2000 they started to fiddle with his birthday by moving it up to 1935 to make him sound younger, this is the definite answer

Missing incorruptible 29 September 2016, 00:31

How desperate are these people?

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 29 September 2016, 00:35

“If somebody wants to sell a piece of property and he is above 80 years of age, he is usually requested to submit a medical certificate stating qualification of carrying out such an operation"
Aoun has already sold his ideals, his conscience and Lebanon's sovereignty to become president and still he's nowhere near it, poor fellow.